In the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage, he's simply known as Five-Time. Jimmie Johnson, the reigning and, yes, five-time consecutive Sprint Cup champion devastated the balance of the 43-car field at Kansas Speedway to win the Hollywood Casino 400, a Sunday drive that had the Californian leading 197 of 272 laps.
Johnson took the checkers despite a green-white-checkered flag dash to the finish line and brought home Hendrick Racing's 199th victory in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition - even as the team and driver helped Chevrolet to their 35th Cup championship and ninth straight.
Hendrick Racing's first win came nearly 30 years ago, when Geoffrey Bodine won at Martinsville in April of 1984. Jeff Gordon took No. 100 at Michigan International Speedway in June of 2001 while Johnson won No. 150 for the team in the March 2007 contest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
While Jimmie Johnson is racking up the wins, he doesn't hold the record for most Sprint Cup victories by a Hendrick Racing driver; that honor goes to Jeff Gordon with his entire career record of 85 victories.
"I can remember vividly that I didn't know if I'd ever win one race," Rick Hdnrick said. "I know there were some years where I thought, 'Are we going to win a race this year?' When you say you've won a race in the Cup series, you've accomplished something, but when you think about 200 wins - it's unbelievable."
© 2011 Anne Proffit